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Fixing HeroClix

Comics and Clix: Black History Month
The Le (02/26/2009)
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HeroClix Black History MonthBlack History Month was established in the mid 1920s as a way to celebrate significant contributions made by blacks in America (note that Black History Month is observed in the UK in October). At the time, historical books did not cover the history of blacks very well, and this was certainly a way to help change that.

Change was still slow for blacks in America though, as it wouldn’t be until 1954 that the Supreme Court ended segregation in schools, and not until 1965 that Congress passed the Voting Rights Act.

While comic books weren’t above making blacks stereotypical street thugs, they were willing to change and address racial issues. Everyone’s favorite rookie HeroClix, Black Panther, was the first real mainstream superhero in comics all the way back in 1966 (Fantastic Four issue #52). Think about how much he broke the mold: a prince of a technologically advanced nation who uses his brains over muscles.

Just a side note: One of my peers mentioned that I use the term "black" in this article rather than the term African-American or minority. This is intentional. It is not appropriate to use the term "minority" as that would expand the scope of this article to more than just blacks; and it is not appropriate to use the term "African-American," as it would not apply to the Black Panther (T’challa), who is not American (he is Wakandan) or even Ororo "Storm" Monroe (she is Kenyan).

Note that there were blacks featured in comics before this, but not at the superhero level. The first Marvel African-American superhero was the Falcon in 1969 (Captain America issue #117), then Luke Cage came onto the scene in 1971 (Heroes For Hire issue #1), and don’t forget the X-men’s Storm in 1975 (Giant Sized X-men #1).

Of course, Marvel wasn’t the only one bringing blacks into the mainstream. DC blessed us with John Stewart in 1971 (Green Lantern volume 2, issue 87), who is the first black to take on the mantle of a well-known superhero rather than being a brand new one. Note that this is far more common today, as we see blacks taking on the roles of Firestorm, Nick Fury, and Iron Man / War Machine. Heck, even Captain America was reimagined in 2003 to include Isaiah Bradley as the ‘Black Captain America’ (Truth: Red, White & Black, issue #1).

Of course, by 2002, blacks in superhero roles were commonplace, and so race wasn’t an issue when the first box of HeroClix appeared in your local comic/game store. Black super-heroes were just as good as their non-black counterparts in HeroClix… and unfortunately just as bad. So with no further ado, let’s look at the Top 3 Black HeroClix (in no particular order)...

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Still needs a John Stewart piece (He's on the cover of the comic on page 1). My preferred version is the Green Lantern from War of Light set (There are also Indigo Lantern and Black Lantern versions of him in WOL).

Posted by: superfriend on 2/10/2015 1:58:55 PM
Will all the racist ****ers here just shut up please!?

Posted by: You'll never know... on 2/10/2015 6:12:07 AM
Alex, the only wedge being driven between the races on this page is your obvious racist sentiment.
James M I feel like an idiot even responding to your statement. It's so obviously uninformed it's terrifying. Your fellow klansmen must really be proud of you.
Greth I hope the logic you use in your statement isn't the same logic you use in the game because if it is you must lose an awful lot.

Posted by: Prince of Orphans on 2/6/2015 7:55:22 PM
@superfriend: I have taken some of your suggestions and put them on page 6.

Posted by: The Le on 2/6/2015 1:52:11 PM
Enjoyed the article and like a lot of the figures. I also liked the comic history lesson, especially about the Black Panther. Even to this day he's one of my very favorite characters and so love him in the animated series. Thanks again for the article.

Posted by: Shawn B on 2/6/2015 1:45:16 PM
if everyone were race blind and religion blind maybe we
would have a more peaceful and progressive world. we need
a leader like dr. king was. equality for all.

Posted by: plowshares on 2/6/2015 12:32:34 PM
I skipped the article, and just looked at the comic covers and the pieces profiled.

I find it odd that the 2015 update did not bother to include some of the characters pictured in the comics which have had good pieces in the past year or so like AvX Black Panther and WOL John Stewart.

Also we have newer versions of several of these characters like Bishop and movie universe Nick Fury. Why not showcase those pieces?

Posted by: superfriend on 2/6/2015 10:39:30 AM
"Acceptance" what a joke. Revisionist History isn't about uplifting blacks. It's about humiliating Whites.

Posted by: JamesM on 2/6/2015 10:28:28 AM
There is nothing worse than the hypocrisy of a self righteous progressive. These heroes aren't the best, and their pieces aren't the most powerful. The whole point of the article is to drive a wedge between the races. This sort of mumbo-jumbo isn't open minded or accepting, it's just PC bull being harped on. I love Nick Fury as much as anyoe, but what makes him cool isn't that he's black, it's that he is just a BAMF. This stuff is just race baiting and silly.

Posted by: Alex on 2/6/2015 10:26:04 AM
Wait, so you guys are complaining because the writer of this article chose to acknowledge a month dedicated to progressive thinking/acceptance because it's too "exclusive & PC"? Don't worry, the rest of the year is all yours then. Just seems like a meaningless reason to gripe to me. Critical Miss, my friends.

Posted by: Anansi on 2/5/2013 6:54:11 AM
Good article, very informative.

Posted by: Brightest night on 9/15/2010 3:04:06 AM
This is so dumb. I'm sure no one who plays an adult game like Heroclix wants some PC mumbo-jumbo like this. Please refrain in the future.

Posted by: Bobby on 6/13/2010 5:27:09 PM
What nonsense. So, to balance things out, I'm looking forward to the top three female clix. The top three white clix. The top three alien clix. Bah! I really hate racism. Particularly when it parades as fairness. I love Heroclix WorldClix World, but hope to see no more foolishness like this.
Besides all that, this silliness about whether to use the term 'black," or "African-American"--- Does this mean we shouldn't be members of the NAACP becasue of the use of colored? Does this mean we can't donate to the United Negro College Fund? What is it with this junk? Does this mean we should go to war with the Black Panterhs?

Posted by: Greth on 3/20/2010 12:08:43 PM